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Atlantan elected president of national LGBT veterans organization

Danny Ingram was one of the first gay service members to be discharged under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in 1994, and now the Georgia Tech employee and Desert Storm veteran will lead the charge against DADT as the newly-elected president of American Veterans for Equal Rights.

Previously president of the Georgia chapter of AVER, Ingram was elected national president during the organization's convention Oct. 15-18.  He does not hold back on his expectations of President Obama and Congress in regards to DADT:

"For President Obama, it’s a matter of moral courage" he said. "He made a promise and we expect him to keep his word. One of my first priorities as AVER national president will be to encourage him to provide the leadership to move Congress to pass the Military Readiness Enhancement Act (HR 1283) which will outlaw discrimination against LGBT service members.”

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) tweeted last week that she expects Congressional hearings on DADT to begin in November.



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    According to the Facebook event page (which appropriately labels the event type as a "slumber party"), the showdown will occur in Freedom Park on Saturday, Apr. 3.  That gives you a full month to prepare, people.  For instance, you can take the approach of the Facebook commenter who helpfully proclaimed, "Mine will be full of angry badgers!"

    We also love the vaguely philosophical (erotic?) tone of the event listing:

    Some groups have made the mistake of making their pillow fight last 15 minutes, or even worse, 5. It is best to estimate that the pillow fight will last an hour if you are pressed to select an end time.

    Just wait until the pillow fight's natural end, when even the most stalwart soldiers grow weary.

    Amen, brother!

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According to the Facebook event page (which appropriately labels the event type as a "slumber party"), the showdown will occur in Freedom Park on Saturday, Apr. 3.  That gives you a full month to prepare, people.  For instance, you can take the approach of the...

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How did you get the job?

I was a painter and got laid off. A friend of mine told me about this, and I said, "Yeah, I'll hold a sign." I figured it would be something different.

Did you know you would have to wear the $100...

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